The men, women and children killed in the Holocaust were solemnly remembered at Phoenix Middle School on April 19.

The men, women and children killed in the Holocaust were solemnly remembered at Phoenix Middle School on April 19.

The school commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day with a 12-hour reading of names of those who were killed by the Nazis during World War II.

In 10-minute shifts, students, staff members, parents and other community members read names that were provided by the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Students studied the Holocaust and organized the day's events.

"We want to show them that these are real people," eighth-grader Max Littman said. "If we can get people to connect to those who died in the Holocaust, then hopefully, they can have a better understanding of what happened."

An opening ceremony was held at 7 a.m., and another for the community was held at 7 p.m.

Holocaust-related multi-media, artistic, musical and creative activities were held throughout the day. They included a special video presentation from the national museum.